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Kara Bonham takes part in a live-streamed workout class offered by The Phoenix, in Edora Park in Fort Collins, Colo. on Aug. 12, 2020. Photo by Joe Mahoney / Special to
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Kara Bonham was already struggling with alcohol consumption, depression and anxiety when the pandemic forced her life into overdrive.

She had a high-stress job as a first responder in Fort Collins; on top of that, her older sister, who also struggles with alcohol, had recently been diagnosed with end-stage liver failure.

As Bonham saw it, her options were to continue drinking alone in her apartment—an easy decision, she notes, because liquor stores were still open—“or I could make the decision to pursue recovery and make it a very serious, lifelong decision,” she says.

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